During last night’s episode they traveled to Europe on a postgrad trip with their friends and it reminded me so much of my own time abroad in college. Which once again made me realize that they’re regular 20-something girls. Yes, TLC put them up on a pedastal to stare at with this new show. But unlike most other reality shows where you’re meant to point and laugh at the people you’re seeing on screen, I think you’re supposed to sympathize with the girls.
Not in a “poor conjoined twins way” but in a “oh, they’re completely normal like me” way. Call me jaded and call my cynical (but never call me Carly Rae Jepsen), but I didn’t see that coming with this series.
Sure we all have insane amounts of question for them about almost everything. But they’re slowly answering them each episode and I’m starting to feel better about the ones I know they’re not going to answer (basically all my super invasive sex questions). As the show humanizes them more and more as real people — and not as “those girls we use to gawk at during TV specials” people, I’m understanding their need and their desire for privacy.
I get it now why they get so upset when people stare at them. They are completely normal girls — and just like other completely normal girls, they’d like to go through the daily motions of life without people pointing and laughing at them.
I didn’t start out watching this series thinking that I would like them so much. But it turns out that among all the Honey Boo Boos and Duggars and the Real Housewives, reality TV can actually churn out people who I can see being friends with in real life.
So good work Abby and Brittany, I think you just made me believe in the positive powers of reality TV.